Wellllllllll....... There is a LOT of panic buying going on- especially with any of the AR style rifles, and the AK/ SKS variants, along with most handguns.
Which, BTW, works for me. A lot of those are first time buyers. I LIKE the idea of fellow voters being gun owners. And a lot of those guns will wind up in the used market in 2-3 years, if the revolution holds off that long...
However, there are still good deals out there- maybe not for everything, and not every day. I recently bought TWO older Remington 550-1 22 autos- 4 days apart, 2 different dealers- paid 1/2 usual selling price for one, and about 1/3 for the other. I also bought two NICE Mossberg bolt action 22 target rifles- again, 5 days apart, 2 different dealers. Less than half of what I could resell them for (Thanx, ain't selling!)
My advice? Be patient, shop the internet sites, don't neglect your local dealers- even check craigslist (no they don't allow guns, but they creep in there now and again) and check your local trading post/thrifty nickel kind of local sale-by-owner weekly. Know what an item is worth, and know when to say Sorry- I'll wait for another.